Successful Laboratory Design Grass Roots, Renovations, and Relocations

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Who Should Attend?

Laboratory, process, and design engineers and scientists who are involved in the management, installation and design of laboratory systems in academic, corporate, and government research and training facilities will benefit by attending.

The course will be valuable to those in food, chemical, petrochemical, biofuels, nutraceutical, mineral, pharmaceutical, government, and academic operations.

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Course Outline

Introduction to Laboratory Design

General Overview of Laboratory Design

  • Requirements
  • Functionality
  • Cost and schedule ranges

Codes and Regulations Affecting Laboratory Design

  • OSHA
  • EPA
  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • Fire codes
    • IBC
    • NFPS-30
    • NFPA-45
  • Area electrical classification
  • ASME
  • Understanding the reasons for the codes

Ventilation Systems

  • General ventilation requirements
    • intake/exhaust requirements
    • ducting
    • hoods
    • fans, motors, and controls
    • maintenance
  • Pressurization
  • Ventilation issues


  • How hoods operate
  • Hood issues
  • Placement criteria
  • Common placement problems
  • Usage criteria
  • Common usage problems
    • ductless hoods
    • low flow hoods
    • auxiliary air hoods

Miscellaneous Ventilation Issues

  • Dry boxes
  • Solvent storage cabinets

Safety Systems

  • Common safety systems
    • eyewashes
    • safety showers
    • fire alarms
    • PA systems
    • emergency power shut-offs
    • gas monitoring
  • System considerations
  • Design the system to work

Casework and Finishings

  • Casework
    • bench systems
  • Floors
  • Ceilings
    • fire resistance
  • Wall coverings
  • Doors
  • Evaluating systems to meet requirements

Utilities and Fit Out

  • Common utilities
  • Utility placement and routing
    • what is needed?
    • considerations
    • economics
    • design considerations
  • Drains
    • location
    • materials of construction
  • High purity systems
  • Power requirements
    • grounding
  • Telecommunications
  • Lighting
  • Computing
  • Evaluating designs


  • Code requirements
    • NFPA-45
    • IBC
    • exits
    • aisles
  • Design issues

Common Laboratory Layouts

  • General types
    • open laboratories
    • individual laboratories 
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Considerations
  • Alternatives

Renovation versus Grass Roots

  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • When to consider renovation
  • What makes renovations work?

Summary and Concluding Discussion


Richard Palluzi

Richard P. Palluzi, PE, CSP, of Richard P. Palluzi LLC is a consultant to the pilot plant and laboratory research community on safety, design, and research project management. He retired as a Distinguished Engineering Associate after almost 40 years at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, where he was involved in the design, construction, and support of pilot plants and laboratories for ExxonMobil’s research site in Clinton, New Jersey, as well as affiliates worldwide. Rich is the author of two books, and numerous articles and presentations as well as a past chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Pilot Plant Committee, ExxonMobil’s Pilot Plant and Laboratory Safety Standards Committee, and ExxonMobil’s Safe Operations Team for their Clinton facility. Rich is on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) NFPA-45 Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals and NFPA-55 Industrial and Medical Gasses committees. He has BE and ME degrees in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. 

Elaine Andrysick

Elaine M. Andrysick, joined Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a continuing engineering education specialist in 1988.  She is responsible for the development and delivery of high-value continuing engineering education short courses for practicing professionals in the areas of chemical and process engineering and laser material processing.  Also, she manages the University’s Laser Welding Certificate program.

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